CLAYTON, NY — Diane G. Kilmer, 78, passed away Sunday, May 5, 2019, with her family by her side at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown.
Diane was born Dec. 12, 1940, in the town of Clayton, a daughter to the late Leland and Bertha Peck Gokey.
She was predeceased by her mother and father, brother James (Bud) Gokey, and sisters Barb Palmer and Mary Bush.
She graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic School and Clayton Central. She worked for a time at the former E.J. Noble Hospital in Alexandria Bay, Graves Pharmacy in Clayton, and Fays Pharmacy in Watertown as a Pharmacist Technician, retiring after 25 years.
Diane married her middle school sweetheart, Arthur Kilmer, on July 18, 1959, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with Father Laurence M. Deno officiating. Together they loved and raised a beautiful family, traveled the country, and accomplished many dreams and goals.
Surviving is her loving husband of 59 years, Arthur Kilmer; a son, Mark (Trudy) Kilmer; a daughter, Jodi (Nick) Perruccio; an honoree daughter, Lynne (Jerry) Spears; an honoree son Gordon (Shirley) Bailey; a brother, John Gokey; a sister Jean Turck; grandchildren, Zachary (Meaghen) Cook, Michael (Marisa) Cook, Joseph (Aubrey) Cook, Jason (Cassi) Kilmer and Richard (Elizabeth) Kilmer; several great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Diane enjoyed crafting, word puzzles, gardening, traveling, cooking and most importantly spending time with her family and friends. She was always known for her way with words, gentle heart and feisty personality.
Per Diane’s request, no services will to be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Diane’s name to T.I.E.R.S Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 524, Clayton, N.Y. 13624.
Arrangements are with T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton.
Condolences can be made at trjetty.com